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No evidence found of slur against Iverson

February 2, 2001

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— There is no evidence an Indiana fan made racial slurs against Philadelphia guard Allen Iverson during a game, a Pacers spokesman said Thursday.

NBC taped Iverson shouting a derogatory remark about gays back at the fan near the end of the 76ers' 86-81 victory Sunday in Indianapolis.Pacers president Donnie Walsh said he was unaware of the accusation until Wednesday and would investigate the matter.

However, on Thursday, Pacers spokesman David Benner said team officials "found no evidence that a racial slur was used, so as far as we're concerned, it's over."

Walsh said the Pacers had talked to security officers who were stationed near the visiting team's bench.

The racial remarks reportedly came from a fan in that area, Walsh said.

The guards told the Pacers that Iverson and the fans were cursing but that no racial epithets were uttered.

"I don't think we want to know what everybody in the arena was saying, but if something racial was said from behind the bench, we want to know that," Walsh said.

Even if someone did say something, Walsh said he doesn't believe the Pacers could take action now.

"I don't know that we could do anything if we don't know who said it," Walsh said.

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